The RTÉ broadcaster Dave Fanning has announced he is stepping away from his weekend show on RTÉ 2FM but will continue broadcasting on digital radio, on TV and online.

He has presented the Dave Fanning Show on the station since May 1979.

In an Instagram post, Fanning said: "I've been thinkin' 'bout this for the past few years and have decided to step back from my weekend show on 2FM to spread the word of Fanning on the digital empire."

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The presenter said he will be recording a podcast and presenting a show on RTÉ Gold as well as other projects including his Fanning at Whelan's TV show and a U2 special on St Patrick's Day.

He added that it would be a "busy year ahead".

The Head of RTÉ 2FM, Dan Healy, said: "Dave Fanning is and will always be a cultural leader in Ireland. Dave's judgement to move his content to the world of digital audio is smart and also no surprise.

"This is an exciting time for Dave and for RTÉ and his unique voice and personality will continue to engage audiences on new platforms.

"No statement from me would accurately describe the role Dave has had in curating and being at the leading edge of culture in Ireland, never mind what he achieved for 2FM.

"I am thrilled that Dave will continue to be an important part of RTÉ."